Australian edition of ‘The little red schoolbook’

‘The little red schoolbook’ was a subversive reference book for young people. First published in Denmark in 1969 it was soon translated into many languages and by 1972 it had become available in Australia and New Zealand where it was published by Alister Taylor who is remembered as ‘developing a reputation as a publishing radical at the time’.

Looking about at Australian Government Cabinet Papers from 1972, on their release in 2003, journalist Tony Stephens found that ‘The little red schoolbook...


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Physical Description

Book, 'The little red schoolbook', paper, written by Soren Hansen and Jesper Jensen, Denmark, 1969, translated by Berit Thornberry, published by Alister Taylor in association with Brolga Books Pty Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1972

A small format reference book titled 'The little red schoolbook'. The book comprises 204 pages and contains advice and information for teenagers, covering topics including education, sex and drugs. The book is bound in a red paperback cover which features the title printed in white text.


Printed in white beneath title on cover, 'soren hansen + jesper jensen / translated from danish by berit thornberry / $1.75'.
Publishing and printing information printed on second page.



136 mm


90 mm


11 mm



'The little red schoolbook' was written by Soren Hansen and Jesper Jensen and first published in Denmark in 1969. It went on to be translated into a number of languages. According to the title page verso it was translated into English by Berit Thornberry and "edited and revised for New Zealand conditions by a diverse group of teachers, university lecturers, students, doctors, journalists, editors and lawyers". It was published in New Zealand by Alister Taylor, 194 Sydney Street West, Wellington, New Zealand, the first printing being in February 1972, the second in March 1972. In Australia it was first printed in April 1972 at Spendloves Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, the publisher being Alister Taylor in association with Brolga Books Pty Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia.


Spendloves Pty Ltd 1972


Jensen, Jesper 1969



This copy of 'The little red schoolbook' was purchased by the owner in 1972 while she was working in the New Zealand Department of Education in Wellington.


Credit Line

Gift of Dr Grace Cochrane, 2005

Acquisition Date

21 October 2005

Cite this Object


Australian edition of 'The little red schoolbook' 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 November 2018, <>


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